Fri, 08 Apr 2016 23:42:53 +0200
> "whatever newspapers write about" is generally more > interesting that antique usenet chatter from 1995. Perhaps Jon Krakauer is but take a random pick and it is 50/50. Have a look below. I found a list  from which I yanked those entries I felt were the most interesting. I also wrote some comments [like this]. No journalist should resign this immense treasure of information - facts, attitudes, disputes, the whole scene exactly as it was, and can never be reconstructed at any public library decades later, no matter the efforts. (Which are unnecessary as again, it is already archived!) 1981 June A logical map of still-small Usenet October TCP/IP Digest #1 1982 March First mention of MTV [Jenny McCarthy, Sandy Hill Pittman - good :))] April ditto Sun Microsystems [They did neat commercial UNIXes, e.g. SunOS, but also hideous Java.] July ditto the compact disc (CD) [Paved the way for all worthless cinematic games but also the worthless multimedia worlds where people pretended to learn stuff. And the CD-ROM porn boom which at least never claimed it was anything but worthless...] August ditto C64 [The C64 demo scene in Europe - nothing short of fantastic! Dream on, yankies, and do your network-hacking thing...] August ditto Lisa and the Mac [Together with the IBM PC, this meant a long-lasting *huge* setback for the distributed mainframe and the whole associated CLI/batch/"DP" model of computing (in favor of the one-million times accursed desktop) *Sob!* But were are back! :) ...maybe] November Early reference to emoticons December First cell phone deployment in Chicago 1983 September Stallman's announcement of GNU [The GNU/Linux/X distros and the whole FOSS culture down the line. Yeah, good year, 1983.] 1984 August First mention of the Commodore Amiga [Geeks are still not getting any girlfriends, the manufacturer mused...] 1987 January Announcement of UUNET [Which was to be th marvelous USENET and close-to-perfect Gmane further down.] 1989 February First mention of Internet Relay Chat (IRC) [The notorious hysteric playground for havoc kids with a tech frenzy that is only equaled by their immaturity and inferiority feelings...] 1991 August Tim Berners-Lee's announcement of the WWW October Linus Torvalds' Linux announcement [Both those - no comments :)] 1994 January Instance of first mass spamming April Instance of first commercial mass spamming [I include this to show that not only "superstar news" (i.e., discussion topics) were present. Even so, interesting for anti-spam people today, I'd recon!]  https://support.google.com/groups/answer/6003482?hl=en
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